Young kicker getting a head start

Young kicker getting a head start

It's always good to get your name out in front of college coaches, one Memphis kicker is doing just that. Christian Brother's true freshman Zach Baddour has already earned the starting kicking role on the varsity, he has already started the recruiting process.

Often prospects try to get a head start on the recruiting process.

It's always good to get your name out in front of college coaches, one Memphis kicker is doing just that.

Christian Brother's true freshman Zach Baddour has already earned the starting kicking role on the varsity, he has already started the recruiting process.

Baddour and his parents took a trip out West this summer to visit one of his favorite schools.

"While most guys at my school grow up loving Tennessee, I have grown up loving Southern Cal (USC)," Baddour told AStateNation.com. "I got to attend kicking camps at USC and UCLA this summer, it was a great opportunity and a great experience."

Baddour is very excited about being the starting kicker on his high school team.

"The returning guy is out with an injury," Baddour said. "It's a great honor that my coaches trust me with the job, especially since I'm just a freshman."

Baddour has been kicking a long time, his older brother Johnny chose to attend SMU for academics instead of continuing his kicking career.

"I learned a lot from older brother," Baddour said. "He has taught me a lot. My father John David has works with me on a daily basis."

Confidence is important for the kicking position, the younger Baddour doesn't lack in that area.

Baddour recently took an unofficial visit to Arkansas State for the Red Wolves game with Memphis.

"Arkansas State beat the heck out of Memphis," Baddour said. "I figured that ASU would be good with Hugh Freeze, but didn't expect that they were that good."

Baddour was surprised on how nice things were in Jonesboro.

"They have a sweet weight room," Baddour said. "Their student athletes have a lot of academic support at Arkansas State. I thought everything was impressive."

Baddour is impressed with the direction of the Arkansas State program.

"It's definitely a program on the rise," Baddour said. "I was surprised that the game day atmosphere was actually really good."

While Baddour won't be able to receive official offers for a while, the 2015 kicker is excited about the recruiting process.

"It would be a dream come true to play for USC," Baddour said. "I like Lane Kiffin and love the way he recruits. I'm looking forward to the recruiting process, I'm getting a head start by being the starting kicker this early."

Baddour is expected to be one of the top kickers in the state of Tennessee in the year 2015.

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